DEADLINE – EXCLUSIVE: Emma Mackey, who stars alongside Asa Butterfield in Netflix’s dramatic comedy Sex Education, has signed with CAA for representation.
The acclaimed series from creator Laurie Nunn centers on Otis (Butterfield), a teenage boy with a sex therapist mother (Gillian Anderson), who teams up with high school classmate Maeve Wiley (Mackey) to set up an underground sex therapy clinic at school. Mackey’s turn on the series earned her a BAFTA Award nomination for Female Performance in a Comedy Programme in 2021. She will begin work on the show’s fourth season later this year.
Mackey is currently filming a role opposite Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling in Greta Gerwig’s Barbie for Warner Bros. She played Jacqueline de Bellefort in Kenneth Branagh’s Agatha Christie adaptation Death on the Nile, and will play the titular character in Emily, a film re-imagining the life of Emily Brontë, from writer-director Frances O’Connor, to be released by Warner Bros. in the UK later this year.
Mackey continues to be represented by Kate Staddon at the UK’s Curtis Brown, attorneys PJ Shapiro at Johnson Shapiro Slewett & Kole and Julian Zajfen at Ziffren Brittenham.
Emma is set to star in Emily! She will portray Wuthering Heights author Emily Brontë.
Hot Cannes Package: Emma Mackey To Lead Cast As ‘Wuthering Heights’ Author Emily Brontë In Fresh-Faced Biopic From ‘Harry Potter’ Producer & Embankment
DEADLINE – EXCLUSIVE: In-demand young talents Emma Mackey (Sex Education), Joe Alwyn (The Favourite), Fionn Whitehead (Dunkirk) and Emily Beecham (Cruella) will star in Emily, Golden Globe-nominated actress Frances O’Connor’s (Mansfield Park) directorial debut about the early life of Wuthering Heights author Emily Brontë.
Mackey, star of Netflix smash Sex Education and Fox’s upcoming Death On The Nile, will star as Emily. Harriet and The Favourite actor Alwyn will play Brontë’s conflicted lover. Whitehead, well known for Dunkirk and Emmy-winner Bandersnatch, plays Branwell Brontë, Emily’s inspiring but self-destructive brother, and Cannes 2019’s Best Actress winner Emily Beecham (Little Joe) completes the quartet as sibling writer Charlotte Brontë.
Embankment will handle world sales on the project, which is slated to shoot in Yorkshire, UK, in Q1, 2021. The firm will be selling from now and during the upcoming Cannes virtual market.
From a self-penned script, O’Connor imagines the transformative, exhilarating, and uplifting journey to womanhood of a rebel and a misfit, one of the world’s most famous, enigmatic, and provocative writers who died too soon at the age of 30.
Double Golden Globe-nominee O’Connor is known for her roles in Mansfield Park, Bedazzled, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Madame Bovary and The Conjuring 2.
Producers are Harry Potter producer David Barron, Piers Tempest and Jo Bamford’s Tempo Productions (The Wife) with Robert Connolly and Robert Patterson of Arenamedia (Paper Planes).
O’Connor said: “Emily Brontë’s work and words are full of passion, feeling, violence, and fierce intelligence. In creating an imagined life for Emily, she will live again for our audience. Her story is about a young woman daring to form herself, to embrace her true nature, despite the consequences. Emily is, in fact, a love letter to women today, especially young women, a calling to them to challenge themselves to connect with their authentic voice and potential. I am so excited to work with such a thrilling, talented, young cast; luminous, intelligent, and spirited.”
Harry Potter, Cinderella and The Legend Of Tarzan producer Barron commented, “We are going to produce a movie of significant ambition – for audiences to enjoy and celebrate the scale of Emily Bronte’s own magnificent imagination.”
Embankment’s Tim Haslam added: “We really admire Frances’ expertise for combining highly refreshing and emotional storytelling with detailed research and nuanced observation and we celebrate her as a new voice of cinema”.
Mackey is represented by Kate Staddon at Curtis Brown Group and PJ Shapiro and Julian Zajfen at Ziffren Brittenham. Alwyn is represented by Independent Talent Group, CAA and Peikoff Mahan Popkin. Whitehead is represented by Curtis Brown Group, United Talent Agency and Peikoff Mahan Popkin. Beecham is represented by Troika, Seven Summits Management and ICM.
‘Sex Education’ star Emma Mackey to make French debut opposite Romain Duris in Pathé’s ‘Eiffel’ (exclusive)
SCREEN – Emma Mackey, the breakout star of Netflix’s hit show Sex Education, will make her French-language debut opposite Romain Duris in Pathé’s upcoming €22m ($20m) production Eiffel, revolving around the untold love story behind the creation of the Eiffel Tower.
The project is currently in pre-production for an August 2019 shoot. Pathé International kicks off sales at Cannes with Pathé retaining French and Swiss rights.
Mackey will play Adrienne Bourgès, a mysterious, high-born woman linked to celebrated engineer Gustave Eiffel’s past.
The storyline takes its cue from Eiffel’s search for inspiration as he comes under pressure to design something spectacular for the1889 Paris World Fair, following his triumphant collaboration with Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi on the Statue of Liberty.
DEADLINE – EXCLUSIVE: Blackbird‘s Anson Boon, Peaky Blinders‘ Charlie Murphy, Game of Thrones‘ Michael McElhatton and Sex Education‘s Emma Mackey and Mark McKenna have been cast in The Winter Lake, a new horror thriller from Epic Pictures and Ruth Treacy and Julianne Forde’s Tailored Films, which previously teamed on the 2017 horror drama The Lodgers. Lodgers scribe David Turpin penned the script and Phil Sheerin (North) is directing.
The pic will shoot in the west of Ireland beginning February 18, and Epic is selling the film at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin.
The plot revolves around a withdrawn teenager named Tom (Boon) and his troubled mother (Murphy) who find themselves on a desolate farm in Ireland. There, as the water lowers on a nearby seasonal lake, Tom makes a terrifying discovery that draws him and his mother into an uneasy alliance with the mysterious neighbor girl (Mackey) and her protective father (McElhatton). As dark secrets rise to the light, all four will be changed forever — and Tom will emerge into the harsh realities of adulthood.
Epic will executive produce alongside Title Media and producers Treacy and Forde. Co-producer is Anne-Marie Gelinas of EMAfilms, which previously partnered with Epic on Turbo Kid and Radius. The Winter Lake is co-financed by Screen Ireland, Epic, Telefilm, Wrap Fund and Creative Europe.
Filmoption already has Canadian rights.
EFM kicks off Thursday on the sidelines of the Berlin Film Festival and runs through February 15.
SCREEN – Emma Mackey, the breakout star of popular Netflix series Sex Education, has officially boarded the cast of UK-France survival thriller Summit Fever.
The actress joins Freddie Thorp (Overdrive) in the film, which is from A Lonely Place To Die director Julian Gilbey.
Set in the French Alps, Summit Fever is the story of a young English mountaineer who is lured to the Alps by his friend to help him conquer the ‘Big Three’ – the Matterhorn, the Eiger, and Mont Blanc, all over one summer.
The film is a UK-French co-production between Haymarket Films and Joyce Pierpoline’s Pierpoline Films.
Further casting is now underway and the film will shoot this June.
Carnaby International is handling worldwide sales. Distribution rights for Germany, Austria and Switzerland were taken last year by Koch Media.
In Sex Education, Mackey stars alongside Gillian Anderson and Asa Butterfield in the story of a group of friends who set up an underground sex therapy clinic at their school.
Mackey is represented by Curtis Brown Group in the UK.